Israel seals off Gaza, Judea-Samaria until Sunday
Following the deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv, Israel will impose a complete closure on all border crossings to the Palestinian territories during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which ends on Sunday, official sources announced late on Thursday.
Several other measures were announced earlier in the day after a cabinet meeting prompted by the attack, including a decision to stop returning the bodies of Arab terrorists to their families.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reportedly made the decision to halt the return of bodies. He also pushed for faster demolitions of Arab terrorists’ homes at the meeting.
The cabinet also decided to revoke entry permits extended to Palestinians for the Muslim month of Ramadan.
The government also revoked work permits for 204 relatives of the terrorists.
The military locked down the Arab town of Yatta, where the terrorists were from, with soldiers patrolling and stopping cars as they entered and exited.
“Yatta village has been completely cordoned off,” the government said in a statement after the security cabinet meeting.
The army said it was sending two additional battalions — hundreds more troops — into Judea and Samaria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday Israeli police have captured an accomplice to the two terrorists who committed a deadly terror attack.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visited Tel Aviv’s Sarona complex on Thursday, the site of the previous day’s terror attack in Tel Aviv. He told gathered reporters that he had come to “salute Tel Aviv” and that he had “no intention to settle for just words.”